A team of about 100 university and industry scientists published last week their preferred priorities for the United States' satellite programs, identifying what data they most want the government to beam back from space. A huge range of people use government satellite data, from military personnel to natural-disaster responders to almost anyone who uses weather forecasts or mapping apps. It's also crucial to the future of climate-change research, which depends on satellite measurements of polar ice and sea-surface temperatures. "This really is pervasive in our daily lives," Waleed Abdalati, a geography professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder who co-chaired the report, said during a public briefing Friday. "We look at this information as part of the national infrastructure, no different from highways and railroads and air traffic."


Tuesday, January 9, 2018